Diagnostic medical sonographers use specialized imaging equipment to capture images of a patient’s organs and tissues for the purpose of diagnosing medical conditions. These professionals typically work in hospitals and radiology centers, where they interact with patients on a daily basis. Career opportunities also exist in some physicians’ offices.
Wherever they decide to work, professionals in this field can expect strong job prospects, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting a growth rate of 46 percent between 2012 and 2022. This makes it one of the fastest growing careers in the United States today.
Job prospects are highest for those who hold professional certifications from a recognized organization such as the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
Preparing for a Diagnostic Medical Sonography Career
When you enroll in a diagnostic medical sonography program, such as the one offered at ACMC, you’ll receive a well-rounded education in all aspects of diagnostic sonography – from the abdomen to the heart to the musculoskeletal system. This differs from the cardiac sonography program, which focuses on the heart and vascular system. It’s important to note that graduates of the sonography program may decide to specialize once they’ve begun their careers and had an opportunity to determine which specialty interests them most.
At ACMC, incoming students must have a Bachelor’s degree prior to enrolling in the diagnostic medical sonography program, which includes a combination of online and on-campus coursework in all aspects of the medical sonography field. Some of the topics covered throughout the program include: medical terminology, patient care, anatomy, applications of ultrasound, sonography instrumentation and image evaluation.
Students will also participate in a clinical externship to develop real-world experience in the field at a hospital or medical facility. Here, they’ll have the opportunity to work alongside a professional sonographer – a great opportunity to develop both their technical and patient communication skills.